“From 1975 – 83 I watched as gay men bought up property after property in the Hollywood/L.A. area. As they purchased these properties they rented to their gay friends, pooled their money with others to buy more property and the area’s homophobes moved out as a result of their takeover. This happened within a relatively short span of time. Now West Hollywood’s City Council is comprised totally of gays and gays are on the boards of the L.A. City Council, Santa Monica, etc. — in other words, they are in positions of power and control all over L.A. County. Asians [and other minorities] have done the same thing — pooled financial resources, bought land, moved their relatives and friends over, purchased businesses and then took over entire cities and their local governments.” -Anonymous
by Priya M. Menon (Times of India)
CHENNAI: When Nirmala Narayan decided to buy her own house in Chennai, she went looking for a vegetarian-only apartment complex. “I am a vegetarian by choice. I cannot bear the smell of fish or meat and would prefer not to have non-vegetarian neighbours,” she says.
It didn’t take Narayan long to zero in on an all-vegetarian block coming up in Vepery. A number of builders in Chennai are promoting vegetarian-only apartment complexes. Other builders are setting apart certain blocks or floors for vegetarians. Suresh Jain, managing director of Vijay Shanthi Builders, has launched two vegetarian-only apartment complexes in the city.
“There is a preference among people who are vegetarian to have their own societies and live together,” says Jain, who made a commitment to promote vegetarianism after sponsoring the regional conference of the Indian Vegetarian Congress a year and a half ago.His company has two ongoing projects: Mystiq at Purusawalkam with 12 apartments priced between Rs 2 crore and Rs 2.5 crore, and Rainforest in Kilpauk with 16 apartments priced upwards of Rs 4 crore. Both projects will be completed in eight months. “We have sold 90% of the flats at Rainforest and 70% of Mystiq,” says Jain, whose other projects don’t have any such specifications.
Another property developer, Alliance Group, has set apart vegetarian floors at Orchid Springs, an upcoming residential project in Anna Nagar.
“We have set aside 44 units for vegetarians and 70% have been booked. We are trying the concept since we got a number of requests,” says B Krishnakumar, sales head.Builders specify in the booking form that prospective owners should be vegetarians. “We inform people when they enquire about the property and put it down in the booking form,” says Krishnakumar. Vegetarianism is also part of the housing society rules. “Even if an owner wants to rent the property, it has to be to vegetarians,” says Jain.
Though builders are now promoting vegetarian-only apartments, the city has always been home to vegetarian enclaves and communities that shun meat and eggs, says Nanditha Krishna, cultural historian and writer. “Places like Georgetown, Mylapore, Mambalam and Sowcarpet have always been vegetarian strongholds,” she says. “Communities such as Brahmins and Vellalars, as well as Gujaratis, Rajasthanis and Marwaris are largely vegetarian,” she says.
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